First Missionary Baptist Church in Stuttgart has established a community garden at the corner of West Jefferson Street and North Maple Street. Pastor Cedric Hawkins said the church first started the garden to benefit Stuttgart residents.
“The garden is something that the church got together and had some discussions about in terms of how we could make a positive impact on our community and the people we serve,” Hawkins said. “We have several members who really are passionate about growing and gardening, so that is kind of how it evolved into this community garden.”
Church members have volunteered numerous hours to make the garden a place with many offerings.
“They have planted green beans, squash, okra, peppers, corn, and just about anything you can think of is planted there in the garden,” Hawkins said. “We are coming to the end of the spring and summer growing season, so I think preparations are being made now to bring in some greens, turnips, and things like that.”
Residents are free to visit the garden and take what they need. Produce will be available until it is gone.
“Anybody who wants to come by the garden and take advantage of some fresh and healthy produce is more than welcome to. We only ask that certainly, you get what you need to prepare a wholesome and healthy meal and then ensure that something is left for someone else,” Hawkins said.
For more information about the community garden, contact First Missionary Baptist Church at 870-673-3190 or Pastor Hawkins at 501-454-6916.